Hunter Lawrence wins 250SX West in Seattle…

Lawrence was a bit off the start of the main event, finishing the first lap in fourth place. On lap 3, he passed Jo Shimoda for third place and when points leader Christian Craig dropped late on the same lap, Lawrence moved up to second. He then began to stalk leader Michael Mosiman, taking the lead into a corner on Lap 8. During the second half of the race, Lawrence settled in and drove fast but in control, managing turning traffic well and keeping his rivals at bay. rivals to win his second place. season win.

Unfortunately, Chase Sexton had a bad crash during the last qualifying session of the 450SX and was beaten up enough that he and the team felt it was prudent for him to recover and come back strong for the St. Louis round in two weeks.

GRADES

  • With AMA Supercross making a switch from a 250SX East race to a West race, Hunter Lawrence returned to racing for the first time since February 12 at Anaheim 3, where he suffered a serious crash that ended his career early. “I had two weeks off just to let the body heal, as it was a bit banged up,” he said. “I’ve kept pretty busy and we’re still working on some things to help us be better, and it was good to put them into action tonight – I’ve gotten a few percent better overall.”

  • Both Chase Sexton and Lawrence took part in the Press Day activities on Friday, which meant they got a chance to try out the track early. Afterwards, Sexton sat down for an interview with Adam Wheeler, editor of the European media outlet. On off-road track.

  • As is customary in Seattle, the pits were located inside the stadium, and with the FanFest taking place, spectators were able to see the team’s trucks and bikes.

  • Honda HRC Team R&D Supervisor Ricki Rock is from the Seattle area, and his family was at the race to cheer him and his team on.

  • An intermittent drizzle kept things interesting for much of the day, though no serious precipitation ever occurred. The DirtWurx crew anticipated the situation and intentionally left the track on the dry side before race day. When the night show started, the temperature was 59º Fahrenheit.

  • For the second round in a row, SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider Justin Brayton sat out of the race while continuing on concussion protocol from a qualifying accident at Indianapolis.

  • During day qualifying, Lawrence posted the fourth-fastest time in the 250SX West class, posting a lap of 48.283” in the final session. Other Red Riders included SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese (seventh), Team BWR’s Hile McClellan (19th) and Concrete Plants’ Maxwell Sanford (29th).

  • Despite suffering a tough crash in the rhythm section in the final 450SX qualifying session, Sexton finished with a fifth fastest time of 48.888”. Other CRF450R-mounted riders included MotoConcepts’ Mitchell Oldenburg (8th), SGB Unlimited’s Alex Ray and Cade Clason (14th and 16th), HRT Racing’s Austin Politelli (23rd), BWR Engines’ Bryson Gardner (27th) and John Short of Jones Powersports (31).

  • Lawrence posted a solid second in the first 250SX West heat race, less than three seconds behind the winner, and in the second moto, Friese put in an inspired performance to earn the first heat race win of his career. Hile also advanced directly to the main with a Heat 2 finish in ninth place.

  • In the first 450SX heat race, Oldenburg, Ray and Clason finished fourth, seventh and ninth, respectively; Politelli finished eighth in Heat 2 and Short topped the Last Chance Qualifier.

  • Lawrence participated in the post-race press conference on Saturday night.

  • Lawrence’s win moved him up to second in the 250SX West points standings. It was his second win of the season and the third 250SX win of his career, as well as his 10th podium finish. Together, the Lawrence brothers have won seven of the 12 races held so far in the two regions, finishing on the podium in 11th place.

  • With the opening of the AMA Pro Motocross series now on the horizon, Lawrence said his midweek job is a balance between focusing on the ongoing AMA Supercross series and mixing in some outdoor preparation. “You definitely try to do a little bit of the outdoors, but it’s not like we’re sweeping supercross under the rug,” he said.

  • Up next is the first off weekend of the year for the Honda HRC team, followed by a return to the 250SX East region for the St. Louis round on April 9.

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